Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The air is clear due to the strong wind we had last night.  Visibility is perfect.  The mountains look larger and closer than normal.  I came to work at 7:30 and there was almost no traffic.  But, one side of our parking lot is full of abandoned cars and trucks.  There are 14 of them out there.  I’m guessing someone asked Daniel of they could park them here yesterday.  I bet it’s a group of people going to Cades Cove this morning for the foot race in a bus.  Just a guess.

Little River is flowing pretty strong this morning and the water is a little discolored in town.  We got close to an inch of rain yesterday and last night.  The water is dropping fast though.  The flow rate is 485 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 233.  The gauge is at 2.67 feet.  Early this morning the reading was 3.1 feet.  Yesterday before the rain started the level was a little less than 2 feet which is low.

It sounded to me like fishing was a little slow yesterday.  The strong front was moving in and that often puts the fish down.  Before yesterday the fishing was excellent.  Most of the trout have been taken on nymphs.  Today that’s what I would use.  I would tie on a Prince Nymph or Copper John and fish deep.  You might drop another nymph behind the first one.  Try another pattern, maybe a Bead Head Pheasant Tail or Tellico.  You might see some adults on the water and trout rising to them.  If that happens, switch to a dry or dry and nymph dropper rig.  The water temperature is perfect.  The trout should be feeding well today.  Wade carefully.  The streams are swift.

Cades Cove opened yesterday and I guess it was a grand affair.  Pat, our Mayor came by the shop.  He was there for the ribbon cutting.  He even had a piece of the ribbon.  He said he was interviewed by two local television stations.  It was opened to bicycles until noon, then cars were turned loose.  Everyone I talked to said the road is nice and there are paved pull-offs that we didn’t have before.  That will help the traffic problems.  Bear and deer jams will be more manageable.  It was my understanding that no new pull-offs would be built.

The big race is today.  I think Friends of the Smokies is sponsoring that. 

Darned!  Frank was coming down from Kentucky today and we were going fishing on the lake for smallmouth bass tomorrow.  We’ve been planning this for a couple of weeks.  We have one problem.  Tomorrow the weather folks are predicting 19 mile per hour winds gusting to 25 miles per hour.  I don’t like to be on the water during those conditions.  We have postponed the trip.  I guess I’ll be working instead.

It is going to be warm and sunny later in the week.  Fishing will be excellent.

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
April 25, 2010

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